Dancing at the BBC Club

























Photos by Karen Bond, no reproduction without permission.

These photos of dancing in the BBC Pebble Mill Club date from the early 1990s. They mostly feature Pebble Mill series editor, Steve Weddle, taking to the dance floor, amongst others!

The following comments were left on the Pebble Mill Facebook Page:

Marie Phillips: ‘Funny you posted this today. We were lunching with friends today at The Boot in Lapworth and in walked Steph Silk who I have bumped into twice in a week after 25 years. She was meeting former Pebble Millers, including Jenny Brewer and ….. Steve Weddle also 25 years on. Great to see everyone and share a few laughs. Steve was excited about his recently published book – available on Amazon! It must be part of the aging process but nobody looks any different as the years roll by.’

Judith Markall: ‘Remember dances in Studio 9 at Carpenter Road!’

Bridget Vaughan: ‘Tall girl could be Bev Dartnall, bless her.’

Janet Collins: ‘Sure it’s Bev and is the other person Julie Knee?’

Steve Weddle: ‘What is he like? Don’t answer that! And yes, that could be Bev – she was always full of fun and frolics, god bless her.’

Immigrants’ Programmes Unit

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This BBC article can be found on the following link: http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/october/4/newsid_2540000/2540633.stm

The Immigrants Programme Unit began in 1965, combining both a radio and television service for newly arrived Asian immigrants. The BBC Birmingham Unit was based at Carpenter Road in Edgbaston.

The following comment was added on the Pebble Mill Facebook Page:

Pete Simpkin: ‘When Radio Birmingham started in 1970 we used to rebroadcast this series as well.’

Invitation to the Cutting of the First Sod at Pebble Mill

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This invitation to the ceremony of the cutting the first sod at the new Midland Region Headquarters, in April 1967, was sent out to dignitaries and members of the Press.

The Controller of the Midland Region at the time was Patrick Beech, and Sir Hugh Greene was the Director General of the BBC.

The Immigrants’ Programme Unit

The Immigrants’ Programme Unit from pebblemill on Vimeo.

In this specially recorded interview, Stephanie Silk talks about becoming a production assistant in the newly formed Immigrants’ Programme Unit, at BBC Birmingham in 1966.

The Unit made a number of series to support newly arrived immigrants to the United Kingdom. The series that Steph talks about here was an Asian magazine show, with journalistic items, as well as arts and music inserts. It was a studio show, with inserts on film, and was in Hindustani, which was apparently understandable by both Muslim and Hindu viewers. The presenters of the show were Mahendra Kaul, and Saleem Shahed, and head of the Unit was David Gretton, and the studio director, Paul Morby.






The following comment was left on the Pebble Mill Facebook Page:

Peter Poole: ‘I remember Mahendra and Saleem well. An interesting experience trying to edit in Urdu!’